The Serpent

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A very traditional spy fable based on 'true events' in which a top-ranking KGB colonel (Brynner) defects and delivers a list of traitors who are in positions of great power in each major Western country. There is the usual glib characterisation, and the usual wall of disillusionment descending at the end. In fact, the only thing that sets this film apart is the totally consistent layer of impenetrable gloss with which Verneuil covers it, and his general directorial tricksiness, which runs the gamut from the irrelevant to the pretentious and back. He has a capable starry cast on hand; why he never uses it is a mystery.

Release details

Duration: 121 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Henri Verneuil
Screenwriter: Henri Verneuil, Gilles perrault
Cast: Yul Brynner
Henry Fonda
Dirk Bogarde
Philippe Noiret
Michel Bouquet
Martin Held
Farley Granger
Virna Lisi
Marie Dubois
Robert Alda
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